How to Maintain the Freedom to Maneuver: MF2M

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by Kit Arthur

Founder and CEO of Tackleberry Solutions

History has shown us that when the economy starts to crash, or you’re country is fighting a losing war or tyranny is running rampant that you’ve got less than 48 hours to relocate to a safer location before you’re trapped. This is especially applicable if you live in or near a city of any noticeable size.

Being mobile and MF2M is a huge advantage to you because you’re not leaving behind all of your belongings for the enemy to pillage when you have to bug out.

Now, if you’re questioning whether or not this is something that you should really be worrying about, look at Venezuela. Before everything fell apart for them, they were one of the most prosperous countries in the world.

You MUST maintain your freedom to maneuver.

Maintaining the freedom to maneuver or MF2M; this is the fourth rule of reconnaissance. And it is a time-honored military tactic that means, “don’t allow your enemy to box you in.”

Hello, my name is Kit Arthur and I am the founder and CEO of Tackleberry Solutions. We teach wartime tactics to citizens for home and civil defense. I can tell you that after 13 years in Army Recon with two tours to Iraq as well as several to parts of the old Soviet Union, having one foot out the door and another on a banana peel is very important. 

Today I want to teach you the importance of Maintaining the Freedom to Maneuver (MF2M). You always want to have the ability to run for it, should the threat overwhelm your location. This will prevent you from totally being wiped out.

So how does this relate to prepping? Most everyone is at some level of prepping in today’s society. The issue is that most are forgetting the rule, “Maintain the freedom to maneuver” or MF2M. This can be a costly mistake and a lesson learned too late.

So how is this completed? By focusing on three areas: Logistics, Destination Pre-planning, and Communication. If you live in a suburb, city, or are just curious, then pay attention. What I’m about to teach you can prevent you from making a very costly mistake.

What are the four things you need to survive?

First, let’s cover something you should have already known in regards to survival and SERE in general, there are 4 things that a person needs to survive: Food, Fire, Water, and Shelter.  So when you plan out your destinations, ensure that you have enough of that to last until you can make it there.

(Check out our free QUICKSTART Guide on how you can keep these essentials on your person when you hit the road.)

Furthermore, ensure that when you get to that destination that it can produce those necessary items for you as well as others. As a result, you need to choose wisely where you plan to head if SHTF happens and you have to move.

For example, a small family farm would have most if not all of these things. This is where having friends that are farmers come in handy. Also, pre-placed caches at these locations are important. It reduces the weight of what you have to carry with you. Furthermore, if you get hit in transit and lose everything, you have something to fall back on. Now let’s move on to the meat and potatoes.


When I talk about logistics, I’m referring to the management and foresight needed to ensure that everything works as it should for a given situation and that all required knowledge and equipment is properly acquired ahead of time. This includes everything from the four essentials of survival to how you are going to get there so that you can MF2M.

Are you going to pack everything on your back? If so, then I highly recommend a good MOLLE II rucksack. Years of ruck marching and conducting long-range recon missions on foot have taught me the importance of an external frame for a pack.

If you’re planning on driving, do you have enough fuel to get there and back? Can you renew that (i.e. bio-diesel)? See, just because you plan on going to a location, doesn’t mean that you will be able to.

Furthermore, your bug-out location may have also been overrun and no longer present, turning people away. Perhaps they’re contaminated with a mass sickness. This is where the rule of 3 comes in. Have 3 different locations that you can go to for safety.

If one location is compromised (or you just can’t get to it) you can always fall back to another. Make sure that you have three different routes to each destination as well. These need to not only be to the locations from your current location (starting point), but to each location from the other locations (i.e. three routes of travel to and from your start point and destinations A, B, and C for a total of nine routes.)

Afterwards, you’ll need three routes to and from destinations (A to B, B to C, and A to C). This way, you can have a plan in place no matter where you are or what’s going on because you’ve MF2M. In addition, if you stop moving, you become a target of opportunity.

Moreover, if you follow through with this, then you can easily divert to the next route of travel and avoid danger if you hit a roadblock or washed out bridge (i.e. MF2M.)

MF2M  Destinations

First, you need to find and network ahead of time with locations that will have the 4 essentials as well as good security. Remember that you left your starting point for a reason. So there is no sense in jumping out of the pot and into the fire. As a result, your destination needs to be spot on with their security. This means that barrier fencing, roaming guards, dogs, fighting positions, etc would be ideal. The people that you are joining need to be serious about protecting their community.

Also, it would be wise for you to make sure that they are within a half a tank of fuel from your start point. This way, if you get there and find that you are not able to stay, you have the fuel to move again to destination B or C (MF2M.)

Finally, you need to pick a location that has a plan of action. This needs to be more than “I’m just going to sit right here and ride this out.” They need to be actively working to unite their community, trying to solve long-term logistical problems, and preparing themselves and others to be mobile at a moment’s notice. Thus, if it gets too hot, they too can be mobile, just like you. Do I need to say it again, “MF2M?”


Communications, as you will see, is a life-saving and necessary component of prepping that everyone should have. You not only need to cover local communications with VHF radios but you need a source of long-range comms too.

If your destinations are within 15-30 miles, a VHF radio will work just fine for this. But if your destination is further than that, you will need HF radios to reach that far out. The idea is that you can make a commo linkup with your end destination before you even start to leave your location.

This will help you decide which destination you are going to head towards, thus saving you time and precious fuel. Also, once you are within 5 miles or so, you can start trying to make contact again. Once more, this can save your butt, keep you from walking into an ambush, or keep you from being shot at by your buddies.

Finally, during an SHTF situation, an HF rig can be a great source of information. Most preppers, like myself, are ham operators and have their system totally off the grid and independent.

As a result, we can stay on the air and send/gather intel. Again, this can save your life. If you find out that a point in between your starting point and your destination is a hot zone (dangerous), you’re going to want to MF2M and avoid it. That is why you need the three different routes to each destination. 

So how do you maintain the freedom to maneuver like a boss?

By owning a large Camper, RV, or mobile Tiny House, etc. And have plans/ability to move when the time comes, because it’s coming fast. Maintain the Freedom to Maneuver or risk losing everything (even your life.)

In conclusion, I want you to understand that although it sounds like a lot of work, maintaining the freedom to maneuver really isn’t that bad, and it is such an important aspect of your preps that it is worth the extra effort. If your family were to ever get targeted, you could repel the assault and know exactly where to go afterwards (don’t wait around for another attack.)

Finally, if you found value in this article, please share it with everyone that you can. Who knows, it may save someone’s life someday.

God bless, and stay free.

What are your thoughts on this topic?

Is this a topic you’ve given some thought to? How will you maintain the freedom to maneuver? Share your opinions and suggestions in the comments.​

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  1. Howdy Kit!
    Good article.
    Thank you for bringing up logistics. I know of a lot of preppers who focus mostly on the tacti-cool and things that go PEW!PEW! and never really consider logistics other than MREs, and ammo.
    I liked your article on your site about How to work as a community. Good read.

  2. I’ve long been fascinated by the INCH [I’m Never Coming Home] escapes of some of my heroes who fled European tyranny over the centuries. Two of the more recent examples were Hans Goldschmidt (the inventor of the widely sold Shopsmith multi-function woodworking tool) and Ludwig von Mises (the great Austrian economics expert). They both fled Nazi-held Europe before WWII would have made that impossible, and had to leave most of their worldly goods behind. Yet once they re-established in this country they made immense contributions to the US culture and economy.

    Another such amazing but almost unknown escape was a couple fleeing the old Soviet Union at a time when border guards would confiscate almost anything of value from anyone outwardly crossing their borders. The couple carried all the clothes they could possibly manage via wire coat hangers on the assumption that nothing they carried would attract TSA-like border guard obsessions to confiscate anything of significant value. And the couple’s assumption proved correct.

    After they crossed into free Europe they felt safe to reveal their secret. They had converted most of their valuables into cash which they used to purchase all the platinum possible — which they then got drawn into a long roll of wire that was then cut and bent into coat hangers. Converting those coat hangers back into cash once in free Europe was then the easy part.

    So here’s the question: would they have had any success trying to cross that Soviet border equipped as suggested in today’s article … or was their coat hanger strategy (in an era long before crypto currency or Swiss-gold backed currency via a charge card like a better one than equipping themselves like a Special Forces infantryman?


    1. I love this! And that was a brilliant idea. However, I don’t think it would work today. I’ll answer your question in more detail later tonight as soon as I have time. It is great that you study history. I wish more people did.

    2. Ok, so I have been thinking about this all day while working the farm. With the technology of today and the way the GEF is trying to push us into a global digital currency, I’m not sure that this particular trick will still work. I would tend to think that it would, but you would have to find the right sort of person to need that type of metal. Plus with the way things are developing this is sure to be a global issue and not a country issue. Basically, crossing into another country to freedom may not be an option. Just remember, the need will always outweigh the want. Thus you really want to secure your “currency” in a need, not a want. And precious metals are a want, not a need.

      The one thing that constantly comes to mind when thinking on this is knowledge. Are you familiar with “Operation Paper Clip?” The operation that took all the German doctors and scientists out of Germany after its fall, and relocated them here in America to continue their work. See what secured their freedom and lives was their knowledge. Thus if you have a rare skill set, you should be able to rebuild your life. That is the one thing that can never be taken away from you. The only thing you carry into the next life. Thus the more knowledge you have, the more your worth. I’m about to post a video on this on our youtube channel. Also, we are looking at writing it into an article. It will cover several things, but one is Black Market Enterprises. This is the future of currency for us, unless your compliant with the GEF and have a sweet ESG score. Hope this helps answer your question.

  3. My point of the platinum wire escape story was that for that time, place and circumstance the ability to outwit the tyrants in charge was what saved the day for that couple. Yes, there have been times when knowledge was mostly all that could be carried in such an escape to freedom.

    The belief that knowledge can never be taken away needs some historical modification. Werner van Braun was once asked why America won the space race instead of the Russians. His answer was that “our Germans were better than their Germans.” What he was referring to was that America via Operation Paper Clip managed to obtain much of the German scientific talent while the Russians took more of the technician and mechanic level talent. So for that time and place in history, we bagged a lot of knowledge while it was still vital and timely. In contrast, I’ve seen examples in the US military where such technical knowledge was utterly trashed by assigning the holders to politically chosen work instead for enough years until fast changing technology had obsoleted any marketability of those technical skills. The painful lesson is that some kinds of knowledge do have lasting value while other kinds in this rapidly changing world fade into obscurity as their uses in the market place die away.

    So if one were considering bugging out to a different place or even a different country with a pocket and/or brain full of knowledge to depend on, one needs to be able to judge its longevity in that “new world.”

    What may be possible in taking along one’s physical wealth (whether via cash, precious metals, personal goods, property titles, or crypto currencies, etc) may be a constantly churning combination of obstacles to prevail over, some much more difficult than others.


  4. What skills will be needed and useful depends on where one ends up.

    For example, if I end up in a third world culture, like much of China, the best skills I have for that situation are mental, teaching and design.

    On the other hand, if I end up in post-WWIII U.S., it appears that my most marketable skills are mechanical—I’m a trained machinist. Even though my lathe/milling machine was chosen for its lightness and ease of transport, it can take pieces up to 5 inches in diameter by 24 inches long. The U.S. has off-shored production for so long that how many people remember these skills?

    I can give other examples as well, but the pattern appears to fit—skills and knowledge first, then tools and food, gold and silver third at best, and paper money comes last. And be ready to barter.

  5. Interesting. Sounds like a serious 5 paragraph order.
    – water is heavy and the hardest element to account for in most cases. Good personal filtering is a must. Lots of stock tanks where I live.
    – E and E on foot versus vehicle movement. Primary, secondary and tertiary route planning. Road congestion (everybody fleeing) versus natural or manmade obstacles when on foot. Host nation country checkpoints/choke points? Keep people locked down; restrict movement on major roadways (can’t control all the roads – hence route planning)
    – Route Recon. If possible to scout out prior without giving away what your doing. Easier as a “civilian” prior to everything becoming unglued (on the vehicle side anyway) I am tired of rucking…
    – Good Maps….or GPS? 1:50,000? Make a “Map Book?” I do have 1:50,000’s for where I can get them. Have a Garmin? Is GPS still up? Capable of receiving other countries GPS?
    – Orienteering? Practice practice…
    – If carrying…commonality of ammo? Gets lighter as you “use” it.
    – Field expedient antennas. Can be made for VHF and HF comms. Baofung…is the FCC really going to be looking for anyone if it all comes apart? (I do have my license) FRS?
    – Encryption? Brevity codes? OneTime?
    – Small solar power generation for comms. Flexible panels.
    – I actually like MRE’s!!!!
    – High value items for trade…ask Selco.
    – Establishing a fallback or multiple fallbacks or networks to tap into takes time and planning. Cache Sites dare I say?
    Good article. People who have never done these things should get your training. It’s never fun to try and do this without some kind of idea what it really takes. Never fun to find out the primary route is hosed and you have to break contact, regroup (rally point) and choose a new route or use your other two on the fly.

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